People of the North - The Caul LP
People Of The North - The Caul LP (Thrill Jockey, 2016 - includes free download)
Improvisation and experimentation are musical languages, and the best speakers are active practitioners. People of the North has been playing together and speaking these languages together for over 25 years. This album is a rare performance where one can hear this conversation without other voices. The album title track is one of the only true duo tracks in People of the North’s history — Kid and Bobby have previously recruited others including Barry London and Shahin Motia of Oneida and Richard Hoffman (Sightings) to play with them in the past — and the pair’s fluency with experimentation is evident throughout The Caul. And, as if to defy your expectations, the duo presents “A Real Thing You Can Know,” the band’s most linear, explicitly emotional track recorded to date.
The Caul was recorded over the course of two days at Potterville International Sound in upstate New York with multi-instrumentalist Jamie Saft (a renowned keyboardist and composer who scored the Oscar-nominated documentary Murderball), who plays on the album’s second track “Surfacing” and “A Real Thing You Can Know”. People of the North will be playing select performances through the remainder of 2016 and into 2017. While commercial factors often determine what is written into musical history, one should not forget that innovators, like People of the North, shape music.